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Are We Having Fun Yet?

All Joy Book CoverAre We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting : NPR. 

Kids can be magical and maddening.  Jennifer Senior investigates why parenting is All Joy and No Fun.  Hear/read Terry Gross’s Fresh Air interview on NPR with the author Jennifer Senior. Read an excerpt.

I loved the varied perspectives of “housewives” vs. “stay-at-home moms” and “”drone” vs. “helicopter” parenting”.  Really good thoughts for working women to consider.


STEM, Women & Pink Elephants

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Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer, states in her recent article: Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields., Huffington Post. Posted: 06/20/2013 9:24 am


“In the United States and around the world, there are far more technology-oriented jobs than candidates to fill them.”

I was first introduced to this reality in 2010 by Kennan Kellaris Salinero’s at her “Science ‘UnSummit’ Conference” in Washington, DC. Kennan has a non-profit Yamana Science and Technology “that envisions a science culture where both people and ideas flourish in the presence of effective support, balanced lifestyles, and thriving workplaces.” The decline in science candidates in general posed a troubling issue for her science colleagues too.

Here are some stats, from the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI),

Padmasree Warrior: Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields

Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields.
by Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco
Huffington Post. Posted: 06/20/2013 9:24 am

“In the United States and around the world, there are far more technology-oriented jobs than candidates to fill them. According to the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), jobs in U.S are projected to grow 45 percent between 2008-2018 in computer systems design and related services, a math-intensive field.”

NMSI reports that men over age 25 held 87 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering fields. Only 23 percent of workers in STEM-related jobs are women, yet women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations. The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the lower these numbers become.

Read the full article.

Why Men Are Becoming More Like Women – Oprah.com

Why Men Are Becoming More Like Women – Oprah.com.

An interesting read by Marcus Buckingham on gender wars and who won. ( I’m a great fan of his books: Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules). But have women really won the war if it’s the same old war with the old male rules and structure of work and society? Men are doing more ‘women’ things and women more ‘men’ things at work and home. Seems these things are the same though. I think we both only win if we create a new, different, people-based world, not work or life, but work-life – a wholly new, integrated reality of human accomplishment. Your thoughts?

Stop Violence, everyday, everyway

peace_doveThe deaths of the Beth Butler and Butch Baker is, of course, an example of physical violence. Their killing is also an example of workplace violence. Policing was the officers’ work. The Santa Cruz community in which they were shot was their workplace. Theirs’ was dangerous work. As was beautifully pointed out by their family, friends and colleagues, they choose this work not because they liked danger. They were the kind of people who wanted to use their smarts, talents and hearts to help and protect others. Police work helped them enact a first line of defense against those who would assault others, to be peace officers.

In Memoriam, Continue reading

The Off Switch

What do Newtown, a local car rampage, video games and my trash can have in common?

The day before the Newtown murders I experienced my own violent incident in my neighborhood. A 17 year old, teenage girl, for all intents and purposes, went on a violent rampage with her car, right in front of me. I had seen her, just before, round the corner at the intersection where I was standing, at such a high speed that I remember thinking it was miraculous she hadn’t flipped the car. Minutes later she came back down the street, again speeding, and a few seconds later I heard tires squealing and the sound of a crash. My first thoughts were this was probably that same car. I started to walk down the street toward the accident to see if anyone was hurt, but then I suddenly stopped short as I witnessed what ensued. Continue reading